A Brief introduction to the Psychology of Colours in Interior Design

Our lives are full of colours. They are all around us, everyday: cool shades like the green of the grass, blue of the sky, white of the clouds. And warm tones in the colour of the sun: shades of yellow, red and orange.

As the seasons change we are greeted with a whole new spectrum of colours: spring colours are clear and bright while the winter palette consists of icy greys and blue hues.

Different colours give off different meanings, feelings, even thoughts and behaviours. Conversely, our moods also affect our preference for colours.

For example, if you are in a bad mood, you will probably wear dull colours like grey, beige and brown. And someone wearing bright colours is most likely doing so because they feel happy and pleased with life.

Here another,perhaps almost disturbing, example. Wearing black makes people more aggressive. Recent studies have found that hockey teams wearing black jerseys were penalized more for fouls.

Whether we realise it or not, colours affect us and we respond to them. No wonder the psychology of colours plays a crucial role in different fields, including art, fashion, science, and marketing.

Almost needless to say, colours are very important when it comes to interior design – especially if you consider that painting a wall is not as easy as changing your shirt colour.

As explained by interior designer and color expert Elaine Ryan, color “is part of our core, but for many years color has been excluded from our homes … but now I see a real love for it and people wanting it in their home. It’s all about finding the colors you respond to and that make you feel good.”

Although our reactions to colours are personal and often differ from culture to culture, there are some general rules that are worth considering in home decorating.

At Bazaar Velvet we suggest to keeping these rules in mind when your are buying a rug, because, again, to change a rug is not like changing a shirt.

Below is an introductory colour guide, to help you on your way when planning your home’s color scheme and finding a rug to go with it.

Blue: a colour with calming and relaxing effect. It is speculated that it actually helps your body release calming chemicals. As such, blue tones are perfect in bedrooms: they help you go to bed relaxed in the evening and wake up refreshed the next morning.


Red: a very intense colour, associated with love, anger and strong passions. Colours like red and purple can have a gloomy effect, but they can also encourage action and appetite. This is why red is a classic choice for a dining area.


Yellow and Orange: these are warm, bright and cheerful colours. Because they inspire activity, always avoid them in rooms meant for rest, like the bedroom. But use them in playrooms or studios.

Green: similar to blue, the colour green relaxes us mentally as well as physically. It offers a deep sense of harmony and alleviates anxiety – some people even think that it can help to improve your eyesight. Whether or not you believe in this, green remains a great choice when you want to echo nature’s serenity and balance.

White: White is a class choice. A symbol of clarity and purity, it suggests fresh beginnings, and evokes purification. White always gives a touch of style and elegance, and looks good with just about everything.


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